first, i love learning. i love gaining new information and insight and knowledge. and i love being able to do it on my own. i love that the inductive way of studying is based upon taking the virtually plain text and learning from it alone at first. it makes me very excited to work through it on my own and think through it and form my own opinions before relying on the opinion of others.
second, i need things to be very organized. my binder is set up in a certain way. i follow certain steps, in a certain order every time i study. everything follows a set pattern that is rigid, but not date-dependant (meaning i don't read this on this day and that on that day). this process helps me to remain organized and process everything in an organized manner.
third, it allows me to work through the Bible in the way i want. i don't do well with the OT, NT and a Psalm each day plan. i like to stick to one storyline at a time. i like to go genesis-revelation. this allows me the flexibility to hop around if i'd like, but go straight through if i'd rather (which i'd rather :-).
fourth, i can choose what i'm going to focus on. i can pull out all of the key things (which is what i generally do), but i can also add in other things. marriage isn't a key topic in what i've studied so far, however, there are a couple of mentions of it and i want to keep track of those things as i work my way through the Bible.
i'm sure i will keep tweaking my process as my needs change, but for now it's working great for me. i really love the process and what i'm learning and how it's working out for me. i look forward to it each day.
tomorrow i'll share a list of some resources and products that i use/recommend. things that may help you on your journey.
feel free to ask any questions you may have!!!
Mon-pt. 01-feeling like a failure
Fri-pt. 05-list of resources